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Status of AP journalist in Gaza still in doubt after he was benched when anti-Israel postings came to light

The Associated Press sidelined one of its reporters last week after his social media history of attacking Israel, including likening it to the Nazi regime, came to light, and his future with the outlet is still unknown. But one expert says the issue is indicative of the challenges of reporting within an area dominated by Hamas. 

Issam Adwan is a Gaza native with a background in Palestinian activism who joined the AP, one of the world’s most renowned media wire services, in August. HonestReporting, a media watchdog that focuses on anti-Israel bias, uncovered numerous examples of past vitriolic social media postings by Adwan last week.

The AP later told Fox News Digital that Adwan, who had until that point filed several dispatches from Gaza about the war with Israel, had been removed from his reporting duties while it investigated his past work. He has not posted from his X profile since Oct. 10 and not responded to requests for comment. A spokesperson for the AP told Fox News Digital on Sunday that there was no update on the investigation.

“I don’t know what there is to investigate,” Noah Pollak told Fox News Digital. “You have screenshots of numerous posts over the course of many years of this guy openly cheering for terrorism. There’s nothing really to investigate.”

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David Rutz is a senior editor at Fox News. Follow him on Twitter at @davidrutz.

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